HathiTrust Expands Services for Print-Disabled Readers

June 30, 2016

HathiTrust, the book digitization consortium and digital library housed at the University of Michigan, is making more than 14 million books available to blind and print-disabled readers. HathiTrust already offers services for readers with disabilities, but the organization is working with the National Federation of the Blind to expand those services to nonmembers. HathiTrust was for years engaged in a legal battle with the Authors Guild, which argued that digitizing millions of books constituted violating copyright. The digital library was eventually found to be an example of fair use, in part because the courts agreed that the initiative benefited print-disabled readers. The NFB successful intervened in that case.

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